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Anthropology in Practice

How does competitive eating represent us as Americans?

Nathan's of Coney Island, home of the International Hot Dog Eating Contest. | Photo by Rebecca Wilson, CC. Click on image for license and information.

The United States marks its independence today with a few activities: parades, fireworks, and competitive eating contests. While there are many variations of the latter, the most famous is perhaps the one held at the Coney Island landmark Nathan’s, where competitors have to consume as many hot dogs (including their buns) as possible in 10 [...]

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The Unexpected Dog Killer

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For some, it happens in the bathroom. For others, it’s the living room. All across America, as fireworks go off on July 4th, many dogs experience varying degrees of fear and stress. Some crouch and huddle in the bathtub; others pace, pant and whine in the living room; others wildly dig and chew; and of [...]

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Usher might ruin your dog’s Fourth of July


For many, the Fourth of July is about food, food, alcohol and more food (maybe with a side of baseball). But as late afternoon rolls around and people prepare for fireworks displays, you might remember, “Hey… didn’t Banjo freak out about the fireworks last year?” If you live in NYC, R&B star Usher is “curating” [...]

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3 Ingredients Make Good July 4th Fireworks [Video]

How different types of chemicals combine for a holiday blast.

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What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained

science hot dog ingredients explained for fourth of july bbq

This Fourth of July holiday, collectively Americans will eat some 150 million hot dogs, according to industry analysts. Lined up, that substantial serving of frankfurters would stretch from sea to shining sea—several times. As of last year, franks made by industry stalwart Oscar Mayer (from Kraft) got knocked out of first place for most-consumed dogs [...]

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